What is a Food Policy Council?
A Food Policy Council (FPC) coordinates food system players in the food system within a given geographic/jurisdictional boundary. The food system is made up of growers, processors, distributors, retailers, consumers, and composters. Food Policy Councils range from municipal, county, regional, or state levels of governance. Put another way, “The central aim of most Food Policy Councils is to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local or state food systems, spurring local economic development and making food systems more environmentally sustainable and socially just,” says Mark Winne, a community food activist who has been referred to as the ‘father of food policy work.’
To advance policies and initiatives that foster a resilient food system in the Spokane area; one that is healthy and equitable for its citizens, economy and environment.
A thriving community that values and cultivates a viable, inclusive, and prosperous food system.
- Nutrition? Or Is Food Medicine? July 31, 2019
- Enjoy food. That’s a policy I can get behind. April 8, 2019
- Spokane Food Policy Council’s Comment on the Farm Bill December 1, 2018
Purpose of Food Policy Councils
- Influence government food policies
- Coordinate food system stakeholders within a specified geography/jurisdiction
- Conduct food assessments/studies and prepare food plans
- Viable – Ensure Stewardship of natural resources while supporting a healthy food system
- Inclusive – Ensure all people are able to participate in the food system in a healthy, equitable and culturally relevant manner
- Prosperous – Ensure strong economic opportunities throughout the food system